Family: Burseraceae (frankincense and myrrh family)
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About 16 genera and 500 species (mainly tropics), with
one genus, Commiphora, and 40 species native to southern Africa and a
further genus and species cultivated in the region.
Genera native to southern Africa
of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).
About 200 species (mainly Africa but
also Arabian Peninsula and India), with 40 species
native to southern Africa.
Other genera, cultivated in southern Africa
List from Glen (2002).
The Incense tree
originates from tropical Africa and
is cultivated in southern Africa.
Species from which perfumes are derived
(frankincense, from Somalia)
Commiphora abyssinica, C. molmol
and some other species (myrrh, used in incense and perfumes; cultivated in
Arabia and Ethiopia)